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Mixed emotions

Today I attended Samuel Lam‘s last service as organist of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. I’ve known Sam for years now ever since he moved back to Hawaii in 1985 after getting his doctorate at the University of Michigan and living in … Continue reading

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August transitions

For many, August is a month of transitions—the last days of summer, going back to school, starting up a new choir season, and so forth. For me, I always remember August 12th as the day “I got my new brain,” … Continue reading

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The supplement

It’s been about a month now, that former student Joey Fala has been asking me whether I got the Iolani School yearbook supplement. You see, the regular hardcover yearbook comes out in late May, just before the school year ends. … Continue reading

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Retired . . . NOT!

“No, no, NO!” When I woke up this morning, the first day of my “retirement,” I opened my eyes and looked at the clock. It read “3:51” (a.m.) I always thought retired people could throw away their alarm clocks — … Continue reading

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Beginnings and endings

September is the traditional month for starting the school year. (However, in Hawaii, as in other locations, school has been starting earlier and earlier, and in fact started in July this summer!) September is also the month in which musical … Continue reading

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The REAL retirement is four days away!

By this time next week, I will have collected my last paycheck and will officially join the ranks of the retired! Can you believe it — I never thought this day would come! but yes, there are only four more business days … Continue reading

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Nine services in two weekends!

So while the weekend has not quite arrived yet, it is the beginning of two crazy, busy weekends where I will play NINE services in just TWO weekends! As I write this, I’m in fact on the way to Honolulu … Continue reading

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A voice from the grave

Okay, okay… maybe this is a little melodramatic, but I’m currently in the process of refinancing my mortgage and the lender wanted to see a copy of the retirement letter. Retirement? I said I’m not retired, yet! But since I … Continue reading

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A Song for Carl

Sandy Theunick, Head of School of St. Andrew’s Schools was cleaning out her desk and found the words she wrote on the occasion of Carl Crosier’s retirement as Chief Financial Officer. I’ve posted it before, but perhaps you won’t mind … Continue reading

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‘Saint’ Carl

All week long at Iolani chapel services, I’ve been playing the hymn, “I sing a song of the saints of God,” and the focus has been on saints as ordinary people. I sing a song of the saints of God, … Continue reading

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